Public Acceptance and Socio-Economic Analysis of Shared Autonomous Vehicles: Implications for Policy and Planning

Shared transportation has grown significantly as renewed interest in urbanism and growing social and economic concerns have strengthened the need for sustainable alternatives. Shared autonomous vehicles (SAVs) are emerging as an alternative mode of transportation that could impact mobility and accessibility. The objective of the proposed work is twofold: i) Investigate the public acceptance towards SAVs by assessing the intention to switch from public transportation in favor of ride-sharing services operated by autonomous vehicles (SAVs) using data from two cities in the Midwest (Indianapolis, IN and Chicago, IL) and ii) Conduct a socio-economic analysis, using the results of market segmentation analysis for the two study areas, to inform policy and planning decisions. The results of this study could convincingly answer key questions on the value proposition, market adoption on SAVs and characteristics of distinct market segments; thereby providing a deployment pathway for SAVs adoption. The results could be useful to ride-sharing services for marketing and pricing-scheme decisions, to public transportation planning agencies for policy-making decisions, and to transportation planners for provisions in infrastructure due to the emergence of SAVs.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $Total: $145,941 ($70,000 INDOT/JTRP) (75,941 CCAT)
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Center for Connected and Automated Transportation

    University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute
    Ann Arbor, MI  United States  48109
  • Project Managers:

    Tucker-Thomas, Dawn

  • Performing Organizations:

    Purdue University, Lyles School of Civil Engineering

    550 Stadium Mall Drive
    West Lafayette, IN  United States  47907
  • Principal Investigators:

    Gritza, Konstantina

  • Start Date: 20180101
  • Expected Completion Date: 20220930
  • Actual Completion Date: 20230307
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program
  • Subprogram: Research

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01666042
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Connected and Automated Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747105
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Apr 13 2018 3:17PM